DIY Yarn Lanterns
These yarn balloon lanterns are easy for anyone to make, and so COOL!
Learn how to make balloon lanterns using just a few basic materials you probably already have at home! Wrap little balloons in yarn, apply glue, and implement a few other tips and tricks to create the neatest yarn balloon lanterns. These are miniature versions that you can hang up to make party lights for any occasion. Of course, make sure you use battery-operated tea lights rather than real candles with this craft! Different yarn colors create unique lighting effects, so be sure to give these DIY yarn lanterns a try with a variety of leftover skeins of yarn. You'll find this project as much fun to make as it is to display!
Time to CompleteIn an evening
Project TypeMake a Project
- Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- Small Balloons
- Battery Operated Tea Lights
- Optional: Heavy Spray Starch
Blow up the balloons to the size desired for your finished lanterns.
Use your fingers to spread the glue on the yarn as you wrap it around the balloon. Be sure to leave an opening around the knot in the balloon big enough to fit the tea light into.
Let the balloons with the yarn on them dry overnight.
Use the scissors to pop the balloon near the knot. Peel the balloon from the inside of the yarn lantern, turning the lantern inside out if needed. It should be just soft enough to gently turn inside out, and then right side out after the balloon is removed.
Reshape the balloon, and apply spray starch if additional stiffening is needed.
Add a hanging string to each lantern in your desired length, tying each end of the string to opposite sides of the opening. Trim off excess yarn.
Insert tea light and hang and enjoy your new DIY yarn ball lights!
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What occasion would you make these yarn lanterns for?
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